Is the Sun trying to Kill America?

Imagine it’s a beautiful day outside. The sun’s shining and there’s a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. It’s not too terribly hot, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. The sun’s ray gently glisten on your skin, giving you that nice warm comforting feeling that summer’s here.

Anything wrong with this picture? If you had read a recent article from the folks over at, everything would be. The article was written to familiarize people with the detrimental effects that the sun can have, especially melanoma. Yet, they went completely overboard, and resorted to using scare tactics in trying to get adults to keep their kids penned up indoors.

In fact, the writers of the article say that the people most at risk are those who frequent the outdoors wearing flip flops and baseball caps, because they are putting their ears and feet under far too much risk of the sun. Their advice to combat this is wearing long sleeve shirts, and pants in the summer, along with large brimmed hats. Never venturing outside between the hours of 10am and 3pm is also strongly advised, which begs one simple question.

What on earth are they thinking?

These people are actually advocating not venturing outside at all to a country where weight and lack of exercise are literally killing millions of Americans every year. I’m not saying melanoma isn’t serious here, but this is absurd. Who on earth is going to stand up and say that never going outside and getting fresh air is going to be good for a country comprised of kids and adults who already have trouble getting off their couches? They even went so far as to say that when driving, you should always have your windows up, just to prevent you from hanging your arm out and dangling it in the sunshine.

Nice work here, I feel that not only are overprotective parents going to see this and force their kids to play inside, people will use this as yet another excuse to not exercise and sit in front of their televisions. I mean if you look at the statistics I’m pretty sure that heart disease caused by lack of exercise and overeating kills a few more people a year than melanoma, so I’ll take my risk advising people to place their desire to exercise over their fear of the sun. But hey, I’m just a writer, no medical expert, so you do what you want and live a sheltered, pale life indoors if if it suits you. I’ll take my chances though, and enjoy the beautiful weather whenever I can, because before you know it it’ll be winter again, and staying inside won’t be so optional.


Posted on June 16, 2011, in News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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